Review of Our Generation Magic Tricks Set

Our Generation introduced a bunch of new outfits recently and after I checked them out, there was one I just had to have:

I was super excited about it because in Louisa’s introduction, she revealed that she loves magic and that she is a huge fan of Penn and Teller.  I was even more impressed with the fact that it didn’t take me all that long to find it in store.

This set retails for $17.99 and it happened to be on sale for $14.99.  There are some nice pieces in this set and I was happy to see that it didn’t have any of the weird color combos that Our Generation seems to be notorious for. 😉

The only thing I’m not so sure about are those tights, but for a magician’s outfit, I guess anything kind of goes.

The accessories are very cute.  The deck of cards is real too, not just an empty box!  I do wish they had put some sort of handle on the magic wand though.  And that hat…wow!  It is fantastic.  When Louisa isn’t using it for her magic tricks, I can see one of the horse crazy girls wearing it for a fancy dress riding competition!

Since Louisa is the intended recipient of this outfit, I only thought it appropriate that she try it out first.  We did encounter a bit of a problem.

With the tights on, the shoes aren’t going on, no way, no how.  You might fare better with an Our Generation doll, but there’s another problem with the shoes.

The bottoms have a weird curve to them, so it makes it extremely difficult to get the doll to stand.  It’s a shame because the shoes are really very cute.  😦

The top and skirt are very cute.  The fit on them is good too.  As you can see, Louisa is posing in bare feet because she didn’t want to worry about falling over!  The hat also fits well too, Louisa even had one of those braided headbands in her hair.

“Ladies and Gentlemen!  I, the amazing Louisa will make a rabbit appear in this hat on my head!  I will tap my magic wand and…voila!”

“Wait a second…where is that darned rabbit????  I guess I need to practice more!”

I give this set a B+, taking off points for the weird shoes.  Still a cute set though and worth picking up for the magician in your dollhouse!

“Now who’s really the magician?!”

 

 

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She has a name!!

Someone recently asked me if I’d ever decided on a name for my Create Your Own American Girl doll.  It was a tough choice, but I had several different ones that stood out.  One was fairly high on the list, but after a comment a friend made, it finally became her name.

So, officially introducing:

Mackenzie!  Her whole name is Mackenzie Leigh Hett.  Her family calls her “Mimi” because she looks just like her mom and they joke that she’s her “Mini Me”.  Her friends call her Kenzie, but she answers to both!

I’m sure you are wondering how I came up with her name.  I’ve always liked the name Mackenzie and it was high in the running for what I would finally pick.  Then Xyra (from Tea Time With Melody Q) suggested Mimi since it kind of fit the whole mini-me type theme, and I thought it would work well with Mackenzie as far as a story.  I’m also a fan of NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles, and I liked the shortened version of Kenzie.  It all fits because I actually go by three different names myself and since she is supposed to be me in a way, it all works!  I thought Leigh worked well with Mackenzie and I know many people with that as their middle name.

Her last name is in memory of a young man killed in the Manchester UK bombing last year.  Martyn Hett was a vibrant young man in his 20’s who was at the Arianna Grande concert when a terrorist set off a bomb in the arena, killing multiple people.  I remember in the hours after the bombing, family of people who were missing posting photos of their loved ones all over Twitter in hopes of finding them.  Martyn’s photo hit home for me because he was a member of the Coronation Street fandom that I’m very involved in, and when we all learned the truth that he had been killed, it was a horrible moment.  Martyn’s sense of humor and love of Coronation Street will always be remembered.  Just to give you an idea of the impact his death had on fans, the cast and creators of the show, a bench in Martyn’s memory is actually now on the set.  You can read about it here: https://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.com/2018/03/corries-memorial-bench-to-martyn-hett.html

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we recently went on a big adventure and Mimi got to go along with us. Stay tuned for photos and stories soon!

Review of Several Etsy Purchases

Over the past few months I’ve made several different purchases on Etsy.  Some from people I’ve dealt with before, but several from places I’ve recently discovered.  I’m happy to say that I’ve had no disappointments and I wanted to share these recent finds with everyone else!

My first purchase was from Quality Doll Clothes.  I’ve actually purchased from this seller before, but never got around to reviewing what I bought.  I was really excited when I saw this romper in her listings and thought it was just the perfect thing for Kit!  Don’t you agree?

On this particular outfit she used buttons and a snap for the closure, but some of her pieces do have Velcro.  The fit on this was great and the workmanship was top notch.

Next up is this cute outfit from Silly Monkey.  My new girl needed some new clothes!  These were separates but I absolutely fell in love with this top because it’s very similar to one I have for myself.

The top fits great and closes with Velcro.

The jeans are very basic, no back pockets or front pockets.  They are made from a stretch denim, so they are much easier to get on than some other jeans I’ve purchased.

I wanted a pink gingham dress for some reason.  There weren’t a lot of them out there, but when I saw this one, I knew it was just what I was looking for.  It came from Nanna Jerrie’s Creations.

It’s a very simple dress, but very well done.  Fit is great on it.

Hair bow was included too!

Last but certainly not least is this adorable dress from Six Reasons.  I loved the colors in it and the options of wearing it with or without the pinafore was a nice bonus.

Here it is without the pinafore.  The belt is removable, it closes with a snap.

The set included a slip as well!

And the pinafore could even be worn as a sundress!

I am very happy with all of these items and I will definitely be purchasing again from all of these sellers.  Be sure to check them out, as well as those on my list of Etsy sellers in the tab above.  I love Etsy and especially the fact that the majority of the sellers are just average people who love making doll clothes.  Shop small!!!